Rammellzeewas born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York in 1960. He started off writing graffiti in the 70’s, painting alongside the now world renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Rammellzee was also a rapper, a small part in the classic hip hop film Wild Style in 1982 exposed him to a wider audience. In the same year he released the single “Beat Bop”, a collaboration with rapper K-Rob and produced by Basquiat. The single still remains a classic slice of abstract old skool hip hop, there was nothing else quite like it at the time. You can definitely hear the influence it had on groups like Cypress Hill and especially the Beastie Boys. The track can now be found on compilation albums such as Soul Jazz’s “New York Noise” and Ego Trips “The Big Play Back” .
Over the years since Beat Bop Ramm has been a member of the group The Death Comet Crew, exhibited his artwork and sculptures all over the world, and appeared on records by artists such as New Flesh.
In 2004 he released his debut solo album, “Bi-Conicals Of The Rammellzee” on Gomma records. This saw him team up with K-Rob once again for “Beat Bop Part 2”, sadly not as good as the original, but still definitely worth checking out.